By Oluwatosin Adeniran
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved road and aviation projects totaling N55.7 billion.
The Ministers of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and that of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
According to Fashola, N54.172 billion was approved for Odukpani Itu-Ikot Ekpene route linking Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
He said: “The Ministry of Power Works and Housing had just one memorandum and it was for the award of the Odukpani Itu-Ikot Ekpene route linking Akwa Ibom and Cross River States with a spur to Ibede Itan. The road project was awarded to Julius Berger Plc.
“So we expect that all of the problems associated with that road which was constructed for well over 40 years ago which has outgrown its design life and also its design capacity those problems will now be frontally responded to by the award of this contract. We will do the best to quickly mobilise the contractor to site with the onset of the rainy season and am sure that by this time next year, it will be a better story and a better journey time experience in that area of the country.”